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Do you allow your children to watch TV or play on the computer before doing their homework?
No : 43.8%
Yes : 31%
Sometimes : 25.2%

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  1. Posted by - Adiana on Aug. 03, 2015

    When my kids come back from school, they set down their backpacks at the dining room table, get a quick snack, and go right to work. I never let them go to their rooms to do homework, because who knows what they're doing? They could be procrastinating their work to get out of doing it. I'm always there making supper at the same time as they are working, so they can be under constant supervision. When they finish homework, I let them go outside and play for a while. Then the family eats supper, they do whatever until 8:00, when they take a bath and go to bed.
  2. Posted by - Kara Murphy on Jun. 01, 2015

    For my kids, they are in an aftercare program at school. They get out of school at 3:00, go to the aftercare program, where they get a snack and do their homework. There are also volunteers, teachers, and high school students there to help (and get community help credits). I pick them up at 4:30 and we have a 45 minute commute by car to the house. This is when they usually fall asleep.
    Once we get home, they change their clothes and immediately to the kitchen table where they finish up what they didn't do and/or talk to my husband and I about their work so we can review and make sure they are doing it correctly all while their dad and I are cooking.
    It's a great family time to talk about our day and we are also aware of what's going on at school.
    No TV, no electronics until 6:30pm
    Dinner, play, relaxation, bath and bed by 8:00 (my kids are 2nd and 3rd graders)
    It works for us.
  3. Posted by - anonymous on May. 28, 2015

    We take a short break, snack, put away stuff from school but have to jump right in since it is 4pm by then and my son's brain power shuts off by 5pm. so were we to take a break homework would not be possible for him.
    We do work in increments of time though lots of very short breaks since we may be dealing with some attention issues.
    and of course, we would all like to take some time to kick back at the end of a long day, but we work with what we have, and we all have different needs/bodies/chemicals in our brains.
  4. Posted by - Holly on May. 14, 2015

    I recently learned just how stressed my 13 yr old is after 7 hours of school all day, of course they need to depress, don't you when you come home? Of course you do. Respect them as well. Their brains need to decompress as well and play, be creative, imagine, reenergize. This is also needed to be able to learn, think etc and has been scientifically proven that its needed as well as being well rounded in the Arts to do well. Just find a routine that works for your child and for gods sake.. Please listen to your children when they try and tell you their stressed or its to much ...just listen to them, they do have feelings and opinions as we do as adults. Your shaping them into the adults they will become so be careful what you say, DO, WATCH, speak, act, words, and how you treat them and act around them .
  5. Posted by - June on Apr. 21, 2015

    Research shows that multitasking--watching tv or computer and doing homework at the same time, limits the amount of deep learning that can take place. It is much wiser to focus on one task and do it well. I believe that different students need different accommodations for homework--boys especially may need to get some energy out before tackling homework. If it works for your child, then keep doing what you are doing. If the child is not being successful, then look at other ways to make them successful at completing their homework.
  6. Posted by - Meg on Feb. 12, 2015

    I let my kids play outside (weather permitting) for about an hour after school. If we can't play outside, they watch TV, draw, play with Legos, or whatever they want for about an hour. Then it's homework, dinner, bath, and maybe a game of Uno or Guess Who? before bedtime.
  7. Posted by - jennifer on Feb. 07, 2015

    i love it
  8. Posted by - Jane on Sep. 29, 2014

    Our daughter gets home just after 3pm so we let her have a snack and relax before starting her home at 5pm every night. We also found that by giving her some time to decompress from the day combined with having a set homework time it has made this time so much easier for us.
  9. Posted by - Nicole Wasson on Aug. 12, 2014

    My daughter is starting 2nd grade. We have always gotten home, had a snack, and then went through her backpack. She does her homework while I'm cooking dinner. Then she has her evenings open. I tried to do the homework after showering right before bed and sometimes the homework took HOURS. We get it out of the way early now.
  10. Posted by - denise on Jun. 27, 2014

    my child always tells me about her day and she always exhausted after all that work so I let her relax and listen to music maybe sometimes if I get a good report about her agenda ill take her somewhere nice
  11. Posted by - askoolkid on May. 23, 2013

    I just want to know if these statistics are based off of elementary school students, middle school kids or high school kids thank you!
  12. Posted by - Tammy on Mar. 30, 2012

    I think a lot of parents fail to realize that they are actually raising adults. Yes they are children now but the habits they form will follow them into adulthood. My children are taught to finish what was started. The information is still fresh in their minds, so the best time to do homework is before play time. Also a lot of the responses up here are not answering the question. It asked nothing about snack, it asked about t.v and computer time. Here is my thing, it doesn't take 40 min to eat a snack so that seems like a break that the parent is taking not the children. Also, that 30 min ride home on the bus is a break for the child to unwind and socialize a little. Once my children get to me, they get a snack and we discuss what needs to be done and which assignment should be done first. Then they get to work.
  13. Posted by - RHONDA on Aug. 03, 2009

    I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE CHILDREN TO REST OR HAVE A LITTLE FUN AFTER SCHOOL. THEN THEY CAN EAT, BATHS, AND HOMEWORK. SOMETIMES THE SCHOOLS GIVE TOO MUCH HOMEWORK THAT REQUIRES 3 HOURS, I THINK THAT IS JUST CRAZY. MOST PARENTS HAVE TO WORK AND COME HOME TO HEAR THEM SAY THEY ARE TIRED OF DOING SCHOOL WORK. I UNDERSTAND SOME HMWRK IS DEFINITELY NEEDED, BUT LET'S NOT GO OVERBOARD. I LOVE MY KIDS LIKE MOST PEOPLE DO, AND WE NEED FAMILY TIME @ NIGHT DURING THE WK. WE SPEND WAY TOO MUCH TIME WORKING OR SCHOOLING INSTEAD OF ENJOYING OUR FAMILY LIFE.
  14. Posted by - Sue on Apr. 25, 2009

    Our kids are starving hungry when they get home from school! A change of clothes, a healthy snack, some time to play, ride their bikes, or sit with a book helps them to unwind and get ready for the rest of the day. They tackle homework after dinner without a wimper. I think the key is to have the same routine after school, after dinner, and before bed - without fail.
  15. Posted by - Priti on Apr. 25, 2009

    Kids at school are not just playing. They are working very hard & studying,paying attention doing classwork, learning. Constantly doing something so I allow my 2 boys 4th grade & 2nd grader to relax completely. Take their own time to go on bikes or watch TV or relax & play. That helps them to freshen up to divert their energy to do homework Happily without arguments.
  16. Posted by - Michal on Apr. 24, 2009

    When we get home and my 5 year old gets homework on Monday, he knows he must do his homework for the day, one page, since due date is on friday, while I am making lunch or something to eat. Sometimes he has a nap time, when he seems really tired. Then he wakes up and does his homework while i'm cooking something. When food is ready, he takes a break and if there is a program I approve, like " Marta speaks" or "Super why", he can watch it while eating. Then I turn off the TV, he continues and finishes his HW for the day. Then we read one book in English, that is, he is reading a little bit and I'm reading a little bit. Later, he can play on the computer for an hour on a website I choose, math excercise, or English practice or Hebrew website, since we are jewish, and it is important for us to teach him the language of the Hebrew man. It is also the language we speak at home.
  17. Posted by - nicky on Apr. 22, 2009

    I want my child to be responsible for her academics. Homework is more important than TV, regardless of the program. She's in the 1st grade and isn't overwhelmed with homework, but I believe sets the foundation for how she'll complete homework assignments in the future. I will say that I do allow her to have the tv on while completing assingments. However, I monitor her work to be sure that her main focus in on the tasks at hand. The fact that the tv is on, provides an incentive to complete said tasks so that she can do what she wants to do.
  18. Posted by - LG on Apr. 22, 2009

    It all depends on your child's learning style and what state they're in after school. We've tried several routines with our kids -- but find that doing their homework after a light snack works best. They get it done -- then have some fun! Definitely no TV, computers or other activities until required work is completed. That would be distracting!
  19. Posted by - AGR on Apr. 17, 2009

    My children are 13 & 14 and our rule has always been to do your homework first. "Once you do what you are supposed to do, you may do what you wish to do." The information from the school day is still fresh in their minds and before we replace it with the afternoon activities of sports, friends, and relaxing (tv is not taboo in our house), tackle the last part of your "job."
  20. Posted by - CELESTE on Apr. 09, 2009

    I BELIEVE THAT THE PARENTZ THAT LET THERE KIDS WATCH T.V. WILL DOING HOMEWORK ARE INSANE BECAUSE FIRST OF ALL THE CHILREN WILL ONLY CONSENTATE ON T.V. AND NOT H.W
  21. Posted by - tw on Apr. 09, 2009

    I think it depends upon the child. I personally think they can have a snack, maybe go over the events of the day, go outside, maybe even a nap,but certainly NO t.v. or computer(that's a whole other subject)!

    My kids live and breathe school. They are older, 8 and 11 grade. They will grab a snack before they begin their homework. I believe their thingking is to get it done so they won't have to do it later.
  22. Posted by - Darlene on Apr. 09, 2009

    My twin girls are always tired and hungry when they return from school. So I give them a break for at least an hour.
  23. Posted by - Jane on Apr. 08, 2009

    Let them play outside - YES! They don't need tv or computer to have fun - folks need to get their kids out of the house - most schools don't have recess any more - another reason that kids need to get out and get some exercise, fresh air, and have fun.
  24. Posted by - Bernard Joseph on Apr. 07, 2009

    My first grader grandaughter is eager to get home after school to look at Word girl and Cyberchase and Martha speak over snacks. This break I believe helps her mind to relax and assimilate events and learning of the school day. She then does her home work with my assistance where necessary,. Her reward for homework completion and review, is access to the computer and selected kids entertainment and education sites. She is happy with this arrangement. Adjustments for other activities, dancing, girl scouts etc. is made around homework
  25. Posted by - Karen on Apr. 07, 2009

    Being at school all day is llike an adult being at work all day, there needs to be a short period of relaxation before hitting the books again.
  26. Posted by - anonymous on Apr. 03, 2009

    We let the kids rest and eat something for about 30 to 40 mins then do their homework they can still rest without having tv and games and things
  27. Posted by - aunonomous on Nov. 11, 2008

    you shouold allow your child or children to relax after about 8 to 9 hours of straight school

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